I live on the North Norfolk coast and this is indeed a huge issue. I have in my lifetime watched the clifftop retreat around 100 yards in the parish where I live - this during a period that at least some efforts were being made at defending it. Since the policy of "managed retreat" was adopted the erosion rate has undoubtedly increased. It is a central government issue; the reputed cost of installing new defences is something like £1million per kilometre. (There are no old defences to shore up, they have been left to deteriorate.) So for the price of a couple of Premiership footballers we could prolong the life of our Heritage Coastline by something like another 50 years. The considered opinion in Government is that that would be a waste of money!
What do you think they would be doing about it in Holland, or France, or any other country, for Christ's sake?
There are very few labour voters in this type of rural area - might this have had an effect on the policy?